Update: Oisin O’Callaghan Wins RTÉ Ireland 2020 Young Sportsperson of the Year Award

Jan 29, 2021
by Alicia Leggett  
Photo by Isac Paddock
Photo: Isac Paddock

Last night, RTÉ announced that Oisin O'Callaghan won the 2020 title for Young Sportsperson of the Year, beating snooker player Aaron Hill, boxer Katelyn Phelan, dart player Keane Barry, and footballer Oisin Mullin.

Original Story

Ireland’s young DH breakout star Oisin O’Callaghan was nominated for the 2020 Young Sportsperson of the Year title by Irish media outlet RTÉ.

The 17-year-old earned Ireland its first World Championship title in his very first world-level race, then followed that result with two Junior DH World Cup wins in Maribor.

Photo by Isac Paddock
Photo by Isac Paddock
Photos: Isac Paddock

He earned a spot on the YT Mob last year in the YT Mob World Tour, and he has since demonstrated that he has the talent and dedication to go far in the sport. He hopes to take the World Cup overall next year and defend his rainbow stripes.

Watch the story of Oisin's rise to the top, here.

For the RTÉ award, O’Callaghan is up against snooker player Aaron Hill, boxer Katelyn Phelan, dart player Keane Barry, and footballer Oisin Mullin. The RTÉ Sport Awards will be held later today.

Photo by Isac Paddock
Photo: Isac Paddock


  • 48 0
 He won!! That’s a massive thing for MTB here. Congratulations Oisin
  • 2 0
 Congratulations Oisin. Amazing acheivement.
  • 30 0
 I think its time everyone at Pinkbike learns how to pronounce his name now
  • 3 0
 Haha. Agreed! Before watching I had like several iterations in my mind. Now I have more
  • 3 1
 Guiness for all!!
  • 1 5
flag MOBrules (Jan 29, 2021 at 11:21) (Below Threshold)
 The "Ocean" is rising!
  • 3 0
 It's pronounced Uh-sheen.
  • 2 0
 @excavator666: it's pronounced Fast as FCUK!!!
  • 15 0
 OK --since he is from Limerick.

There once was a strong lad named Oisin
Who really put his wheels in motion
He's a proper young tike
Who has skills on a bike
His world champs win caused quite a commotion

Are we doing this?
  • 7 0
 I'm still butt hurt that the year Stevie took the overall he wasn't nominated Canada's athlete of the year. Seems strange for us riders but the average joe knows nothing about mountain biking.
  • 5 0
 We miss him!! Greatest feeling when he won!!
  • 3 0
 I remember reading or hearing him say that there wasn't even really mention of it anywhere in Canadian mainstream sports news. Really too bad as it was such an excited season as a fan rooting for him.
  • 7 0
 Yeah boy!!!!!!!!! Get some in 2021
  • 6 0
 Absolute Gold, stoked for you and the Irish DH scene, talk about putting it on the map!!!!!!
  • 6 1
 We need Mr Garvy (Key & Peele - Substitute Teacher) to pronounce it for us.
  • 13 0
  • 5 0
 Well deserved! And a massive help for increasing the sports exposure in Ireland.
  • 5 0
 Gwan Oisin!!! He won!!!!
  • 6 0
 Gowan baii, sum fella.
  • 1 0
 I wonder how much the proliferation of bike park access has skyrocketed the skill levels of young athletes. Im an old man and will probably never be as good as these athletes... I like to think its cuz I've only ever been to a bike park once...
  • 5 0
 Congrats bai!
  • 5 4
 Young Sportsperson contenders - a downhiller, a footballer, a snooker player and a darts player - only in Ireland where half the population is born 45 years old and able to drink 10 pints of Guinness an not fall over.
  • 3 0
 Excellent - well deserved!
  • 4 0
 Well deserved!
  • 3 0
 Very excited to see what he can do this year.
  • 1 0
 ...and how many times has Sam Hill won a sportsperson of the year award in his home state?

on topic - Congrats Oisin! Lad's fast.
  • 3 0
 Yeah Young Fella!! CONGRATS! Well deserved.
  • 3 0
 Good stuff!!
  • 3 0
 Already a legend
  • 2 0
 Happy days, well done Oisin.
  • 1 0
 Great to see young talent recognised for outstanding achievement and refreshing to see it in a non-mainstream sport.
  • 1 0
 imagine if the snooker player Aaron Hill would be a mountainbiker
  • 1 0
 Well done lad. Brilliant news.
  • 4 6
 Oush een
  • 9 0
 Not really , the fada over the second I gives it an ‘ee’ and puts emphasis on the Second syllable! Uh-sheen

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